Money is Fleeing Pennsylvania should get a cut of the state’s increasingly valuable natural gas resources By Justin Dahlheimer, originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2, 2008 One resource that could help improve Pennsylvania’s fiscal future during an economic recession can be found under its feet, or, more precisely, under its soil. While the… Continue reading
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This June 2008 policy brief by Justin Dahlheimer concludes that states could generate hundreds of millions, in some cases billions, of dollars in additional revenue each year by implementing or adjusting depletion tax policies. The report illustrates how current depletion tax policies, in many cases, fail to account for the full value of the natural resources, depriving state and local governments of additional revenue that could be useful in current and future fiscal years.
Be suspicious of megamall subsidy Federal tax law discourages individual investment and local ownership of turbines. By David Morris, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 2, 2008 The almost-certainly-soon-to-be-passed $370 million tax subsidy to the Mall of America is the kind of initiative that makes people wonder whose side government is on. Here’s… Continue reading
ILSR’s Vice President, David Morris, was interviewed on WCCO’s "Good Question" segment that asked why diesel fuel is more expnsive than gas. Segment aired April 10, 2008. Continue reading
David Morris, Vice President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance addresses the 2007 25x’25 National Renewable Energy Summit Continue reading
Global warming requires local solutions Cities should use bonding authority to promote energy conservation. The savings would easily pay back the expense. By John Bailey, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 5, 2007 More than 650 cities around the country, including Minneapolis, have formally agreed to honor the Kyoto Protocol and reduce their… Continue reading
Emissions cap is key in addressing climate issue Here’s a plan that offers a comprehensive approach and puts money in the pocket of every Minnesotan. By David Morris and Peter Barnes, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 10, 2007 For Gov. Tim Pawlenty, global warming is the “defining issue of our time.” Our… Continue reading
Greed, yes; public good, no Republicans don’t always mind paying more at the pump. It depends. By David Morris, originally published in the Mineapolis Star Tribune, June 1, 2007 For Republicans, an increase in gas prices driven by oil companies may be unwelcome, but it is very much in the natural economic order of things…. Continue reading
Giving tax breaks where credits are due President Bush’s health care plan underscores the dilemma with tax incentives: They tend to treat the rich rather than the problem. By David Morris, originally published in the Mineapolis Star Tribune, March 19, 2007 Critics of George Bush’s proposal to expand the number of Americans with health insurance… Continue reading
At the Oscars, former Vice President Al Gore and megastar actor Leonardo DiCaprio informed a billion viewers that this was the first"green Oscar," at least with respect to global warming. The hosts had purchased sufficient greenhouse gas offsets to allow them to free the event of any responsibility for increasing greenhouse gases.
Twodays later, Al Gore and emission offsets were again in the news when reports circulated that his Nashville house consumed 20 times more energy than a typical house. His spokesman responded: The Gore family had purchased green electricity and carbon offsets in sufficient quantities to render the house’s net contribution to global warming as zero.